Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Last Holiday Pattern of the Year: Part 2

It's finished!

I was beginning to wonder if I'd make it before Christmas arrives. It didn't make my deadline by a couple of days, but here it is at last. My hubby's newest favorite. Again.

Three tabletop pieces made from so very versatile blocks. All the pieces use the small block with the poinsettia in the center, and the larger pieces are made with added corner triangles holding holly leaves and berries. I can just see these basic blocks put together in different ways - everything from a long, thin table runner to a full size bed quilt.

As always, the sewing wasn't hard at all. It stitched up quickly without any hitches. The problem? Writing the pattern. And the math!!

Thank goodness for my facebook friends!

Facebook friends, I LOVE you!!

Here's the story.

I'd never written a pattern that contains three different sizes and I was having an awful time figuring out how to do it. I settled on the knit and crochet method of places the various measurements in parenthesis from smallest to largest. It worked for me, but I wasn't sure, so I asked the folks on facebook. 
Cutting Instructions                                   Sewing Instructions     
Oh my! Talk about confusion! It was back to the drawing board and a brand new plan of attack.

Charts for the fabric and cutting instructions:

And a totally different approach to sewing instructions:

I think it's sorted out! 

So thank you again my dear friends on facebook! I come to you with all of my problems and you are such wonderful helpers!

I'm not done with thanking people! I needed photographs. My dining room table has a glass top and sits in the end of the room far from windows. Not good for pictures of table runners! My friend, Dee, came to the rescue with the offer of a dining room to use for my photo session. She let me rearrange furniture, and after photos were taken we had a lovely visit over a cup of coffee. Thanks, Dee! I enjoyed every minute of our time together.

The final photos are the result of my visit to Dee's house. 

Table Runner

Medium size topper
 Small topper

And that's it! No more holiday patterns this year! I don't know what comes next, but it won't be for Christmas and it will have to wait until my cookies are baked! I'll start with these orange, walnut refrigerator cookies because they keep the best.

Happy Stitching, Everyone!!

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  1. These are beautiful and I'm certain the pattern is well written too. After looking at your tutorial pages I have moved trying applique further up on my list of quilty things to do. With a little bit of pratice perhaps I'll be ready to try these for Christmas next year.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you do try the applique. I am definitely not up to hand applique, but the fusible web makes it so easy. You are just an amazing quilter, and I learn from your website, too. Isn't it wonderful that we can teach each other new skills?